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Vietnamese pursues education despite vision impairment

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 14:47 GMT+7
Vietnamese pursues education despite vision impairment
Nguyen Hoai Nam (left) smiles while tutoring a boy at 'Mai Am Anh Sang' in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: K. Anh / Tuoi Tre

A young student with visual impairment from from central Vietnam’s Quang Binh Province has made it to one of Vietnam’s top veterinary schools.

Nguyen Hoai Nam, an 18-year-old student with impaired vision in his left eye, was born into an underprivileged family of six, two of whom also suffer from disabilities.

At just six years old, Nam moved to 'Mai Am Anh Sang,' a charity house for impoverished children in Ho Chi Minh City. 

At the time, 20 other male children with similar backgrounds were living in Mai Am Anh Sang.

As the years passed, Nam’s dedication to school and impeccable behavior, coupled with top marks in his classes and several awards, earned him a reputation as a role model for other youth in the home. 

He even began tutoring several of his housemates at Mai Am Anh Sang, all the while calling them his ‘brothers’ as if the complexity of their shared backgrounds had transformed them into a genuine family.

“Nam is a disciplined and selfless person who always put others before himself,” said Nguyen Thien Hai, the founder of Mai Am Anh Sang.

Thanks to support from several of his high school teachers who offered him free revision courses, Nam was able to pass the university entrance exam and earn a spot in the 2019 freshman class as a veterinary student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry.

However, as tuition is much higher than what his family can afford, he has asked for assistance from Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s 'Tiep Suc Den Truong,' a charity fund designed to help underprivileged students pursue higher education.

“When I graduate, I’ll find a decent job to take care of my two families,” he said with determination. 

“Thanks to ‘Mai Am Anh Sang’, I was able to have a proper education and better life.”

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